[Movie] Catch-22 (1970)

  • Directed by: Mike Nichols
  • Cast: Alan Arkin
  • Based on Catch-22 (novel) by Joseph Heller

A catch-22 is a paradoxical situation from which an individual cannot escape because of contradictory rules or limitations. The term was coined by Joseph Heller, who used it in his 1961 novel Catch-22. An example is: “How can I get any experience until I get a job that gives me experience?” – Brantley Foster in The Secret of My Success.

by Catch-22 (logic) – Wikipedia

Catch-22 is a black comedy film adaptation of the novel of the same tile. The movie is full of comedy, satire, and of course, silly and lunatic characters, which remind me of MASH. It is not just an anti-war comedy film but a balanced feast of comedy, seriousness, horror, and resentment.

The paradox is the key theme of the movie. Serious reflection is behind the lunatic behaviors of soldiers. Capitalism becomes the driving force of violence, and religion is ambiguous throughout the movie. It is not even clear what kind of message the film actually wants to deliver. But the plot is surprisingly complete and consistent.

  • Ups: The B-25 Mitchell bombers are quite a scene to watch.
  • Downs: The misogynistic description of women is quite disturbing.

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